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Aryn Leigh
DVCPRO 59.94 export settings?
on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:00:47 am

It's the eleventh hour here and I'm exporting a bunch of our films to be professionally authored by our DVD vendor back east.

Now- We're editing in a DVCPRO 59.94 720p timeline, in FCP 7, and I was told by our DVD guy that "Either DVCPro or ProRes is fine" to export for him.

When I export an uncompressed QT file, then compress in compressor to DVCPro, (I'm essentially just stripping the file of it's FCP container, right?) the final clip looks extremely degraded.

But when I export straight out of FCP using "quicktime conversion", things look pretty crisp. Is this the correct way to export and retain maximum quality? And why is this?

I also have ProRes 29.97i 1920x1080 footage that I've exported as Self-contained, then compressed in compressor, and the results look surprisingly clean, with no generation loss.

Why does the DVCPro file look so lossy when taken into Compressor, but ProRes does not?

Thanks!


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